Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy

Ed Vaizey MP

Biography

Ed Vaizey MP was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with responsibility for digital industries on 15 July 2014. Ed was first elected as the MP for Wantage in 2005. He was re-elected in 2010, and May 7 2015.

Education

Ed was educated at Merton College, Oxford.

Political career

He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010. He was Shadow Minister for the Arts from 2006 to 2010. In 2004 he became a political speech writer.

Career outside politics

After university he worked as a political researcher, before training and practising as a barrister. From 1996 to 2004 he was director of a public relations company.

Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy

This role is shared between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Responsibilities for DCMS include:

  • digital economy strategy
  • cyber security
  • telecoms resilience
  • telecoms and digital infrastructure
  • culture
  • media
  • creative industries

Responsibilities for BIS - digital single market

Responsibilities jointly to BIS and DCMS (via Digital Economy Unit) include:

  • co-chair smart city forum
  • digital entrepreneurship (including work with Tech City and Tech Clusters)
  • future technologies (including internet of things (IoT) and Big Data policy development)
  • digital skills
  • tech and cyber business strategic relationship management

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries

    • 2010 to 2014

Policies

  1. Media and creative industries
  2. Arts and culture
  3. Broadband investment
  4. Communications and telecomms
  5. Conservation of historic buildings and monuments
  6. Library services
  7. Museums and galleries
  8. National Lottery funding

Announcements

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  1. Digital priorities for this Parliament

    • 29 June 2015
    • Speech
  2. Historic Logie Baird archive may leave UK

    • 29 June 2015
    • Press release
  3. Culture Secretary reappoints member of Treasure Valuation Committee

    • 26 June 2015
    • News story
  4. 25,000 small businesses get broadband boost from connection voucher scheme

    • 24 June 2015
    • News story
  5. Cézanne masterpiece may leave UK

    • 22 June 2015
    • Press release
  6. Prime Minister appoints two new Tate Trustees

    • 12 June 2015
    • News story
  7. Government urges business to take action as cost of cyber security breaches doubles

    • 2 June 2015
    • Press release
  8. Last chance to stop Cardiff Castle vase leaving UK

    • 28 May 2015
    • News story
  9. 2.5 million more UK homes and businesses can now go superfast

    • 14 May 2015
    • News story
  10. Prime Minister appoints new Chair Designate at the V&A

    • 27 March 2015
    • News story